November 25, 2014

General Assembly

Courtesy of Alex Yuan

 The General Assembly is comprised of elected and appointed members who serve to represent the undergraduate student body at Penn State University Park. Every academic college has one representative elected to represent the students within that college. Additionally, there are 20 At-Large Representatives tasked with acting in the best interest of all undergraduate students. Finally, there are six (6) special interest seats filled to provide a unique perspective to the UPUA’s General Assembly.The General Assembly researches and writes legislation in Committee, and once passed by the respective committee, the legislation is brought to the floor to be voted on by all members either as a Policy, a Resolution, or a Bill.

Speaker of Assembly: Bhavin Shah

The UPUA’s Assembly maintains and operates four committees that seek to continually improve the lives of students at the university. Each committee has specific functions within the organization and is headed by a Chair and Vice Chair. The four Chairs, the Speaker, the President, the Vice President, and other members of the Executive Board form the Steering Committee, which overlooks all legislation passed by the committees. Questions or comments for Speaker Shah can be directed to

Chair of Academic Affairs Committee: Chelsey Wood

The Academic Affairs Committee is one of five sub-divisions of the University Park Undergraduate Association’s legislative branch. It serves as a forum to focus student concerns regarding academia and undergraduate education. All academic college representatives are required to sit on the Academic Affairs Committee. This committee also works closely with the Faculty-Senate. Comments or concerns regarding these issues, contact Chair Wood at

Vice Chair: Diego Santos

Chair of Facilities Committee: Ben Cutler

The Facilities Committee serves to better campus life for all students, specifically in regards to University facilities and structures located at University Park. Members of this committee also sit on a number of advisory committees, including the Facilities Fee Advisory Board, in which they collaborate with other organizations and faculty on how the Facilities Fee will be allocated for the year. Any questions or comments regarding Penn State facilities, contact Chair Cutler at

Vice Chair: Marlowe Galbraith

Chair of Governmental Affairs Committee: Jake Griggs

The Governmental Affairs Committee oversees all issues pertaining to the local, state, and federal levels of government. Furthermore, the committee addresses issues within the realm of the Penn State Board of Trustees. The committee’s initiatives vary, including anything from Penn State tuition to Pennsylvania support for higher education. Through advocacy and legislative outreach, the committee seeks to better student life at all levels of government. All questions and concerns can be sent to Chair Griggs at

Vice Chair: Tom Sarabok

Chair of Student Life Committee: Tyler Akers

The Student Life Committee works on initiatives related, but not limited to sexual assault, diversity, and mental health. They host multiple events throughout the year such as Mental Health and Wellness Week and Sexual Violence Awareness Week in order to bring to light issues that are plaguing Penn State students. They have worked on comprehensive reports on Diversity & Inclusion at Penn State, examining the cultural climate at the University Park campus. Any questions or concerns regarding these issues, contact Chair Akers at

Vice Chair: Troi Pryor

Chair of Outreach Committee: Beryl Bannerman

In an effort to improve relations with outside organizations and marginalized communities, the 12th assembly created the sub-committee on Outreach. This committee builds relationships with organization through planning collaboration opportunities. Some of the many initiatives the Outreach committee has pursued include a Tri-Caucus dinner with Penn State’s multicultural caucuses and a Meet & Greet with the Black Student Union. Over the next year, the committee plans to accomplish a wide variety of initiatives including the expansion of #YouAreWelcomeHere onto campus and a variety of Eatin’ with Heatons throughout the year!  Any questions or concerns regarding these issues, contact Chair Bannerman at

At Large Representatives:

Beryl Bannerman

Morgan Sloan

Tyler Akers

Jake Griggs

Bhavin Shah

Marlowe Galbraith

Tom Dougherty

Jordan Brooks

Percy Mottley

Mariana Garcia

Anthony Guzzo

Frank Geltrude

Derek Menges

Jacob Klipstein

Tyler Ladzinski

Bryan Culler

Erin Boas

Harry Weidner

Alex Moon

Bailey Spates

Freshman Council Representatives — Steven Zhang & YuNa Choi

College Representatives:

Agricultural Science – Zach Robinson

Arts and Architecture – Zachary McKay

Bellisario College of Communications – Alexis Burke

Division of Undergraduate Studies – Adeline Mishler

Earth and Mineral Sciences – Kyle Munro

Eberly College of Science – Diego Santos

Education – Jake Springer

Engineering – Ben Cutler

Health & Human Development – Summer Rosendahl

Information Sciences and Technology – Chelsey Wood

Liberal Arts – Helia Hosseinpour

Nursing – Ann Samuel

Schreyer Honors – Noelle Musolino

Smeal College of Business – Tom Sarabok

Greek Life Representatives:

Interfraternity Council (IFC)
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) – Troi Pryor
Panhellenic (PHC) – Andrea Jakubowski